The Hotline Celebrates the Release of the First National Plan to End Gender-Based Violence

For Immediate Release on May 25, 2023

The National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) is thrilled to celebrate today’s release by The White House of The National Plan to End Gender-Based Violence: Strategies in Action. We commend The White House for recognizing the urgent need to address and eliminate gender-based violence in our society through a survivor-centered, comprehensive, and intersectional approach.

The National Plan represents a historic and significant step forward in our collective effort to address and prevent gender-based violence in the United States and abroad. By creating seven distinct pillars focused on prevention, research, and the resources and support needed by survivors, this comprehensive framework provides a roadmap for creating lasting change. This plan not only puts forth a whole government approach by creating a new Federal Agency Work Group made up of 14 different federal agencies – but also engages society at large.

“This National Plan demonstrates the Biden Administration’s unprecedented commitment to survivors and ending the epidemic of gender-based violence,” said Katie Ray-Jones, CEO of The Hotline. “At The Hotline we witness the devastating impact of domestic violence firsthand from the hundreds of thousands of people we serve each year. We know the critical importance of survivor-centered and comprehensive support and services to prevent and end gender-based violence. The seven pillars outlined in the National Plan reflect what our advocates hear on the lines every day and, when addressed effectively, have the potential to transform the lives of survivors and provide a path to safety and healing. We look forward to collaborating with government agencies, advocacy organizations, and community stakeholders on the implementation of the National Plan to create meaningful change.”

The Hotline’s mission is to answer the call to support and shift power back to those affected by relationship abuse — 24/7/365. Established in 1996 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, The Hotline is the only national 24-hour domestic violence hotline providing compassionate support, life-saving resources, and personalized safety planning via phone, online chat, and text. To date, The Hotline has answered more than 6.5 million calls, chats, and texts. The Hotline is committed to being a steadfast partner in this critical work and looks forward to leveraging the National Plan with others to bring about lasting change.


The National Domestic Violence Hotline envisions a world where all relationships are positive, healthy, and free from violence. If you or someone you know is experiencing relationship abuse in any form, help is available. The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides free, confidential support 24/7/365. Text START to 88788, call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or chat with us online at You are not alone.